Treasurer Wayne Swan has announced a budget focused on jobs.
He has unveiled some interesting changes for the mining industry, and revealed the investment from mining companies in the next financial year to be eight times higher than the previous year.
On Monday, federal shadow resource spokesman, Ian McFarlane slammed the mining tax proposed by the Gillard government, saying it underpins the budget and is causing other policies to fall apart.
Queensland Employment Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe has welcomed the decision by the government to focus on the need for workers in the growing resource industry in the state.
The National Workforce Development fund will receive a $558 million injection for its start-up and $143 million will be provided to support language and literacy training.
Employers in the resource in industry are urging the Federal Government to ignore demands from political groups and unions opposed to increasing the level of skilled migration.
Employers unable to find enough skilled workers
Chief Executive of resource industry employer group AMMA, said the Government`s announcement on Enterprise Mining Agreements (EMAs), put in place specifically for the sector, are a huge step in the right direction and reflect a recognition that Australia faces an unprecedented skills shortage,
“The changes to the EMAs will see workers brought in to work on projects for a defined period, and in addition, employers are obligated to train local staff,”ť Mr Knott said.
“Despite the best efforts of both industry and governments to train more workers, the stark reality is that we need overseas workers to fill the gaps and progress our resource projects.
“Resource industry employers are already dedicating millions of dollars to the processes of recruiting, retraining and retaining Australian workers in the industry. Those critics who wish to now turn around and claim skilled migrants are putting Australians out of a job don`t understand that resource employers aren`t able to find enough skilled workers.
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the worldâ€™s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queenslandâ€™s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStarâ„˘
Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.
Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.